Forget About Trends, Here Are 11 Cozy Basics to Buy This Fall

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Usually by mid-August, we’re scouring fall trend lists and debating which deserve a place in our wardrobe. But this year, obviously, is a little different. Which means we’re eschewing all those *hot* items for cozy basics we can wear in a million ways for seasons to come. From sweater dresses to pajama pants we can (and will) wear in public, here are 11 pieces we’re stocking up on right now.

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karen kane sweater

1. Karen Kane Double Knit Turtleneck Sweater

It doesn’t get much cozier than an oversize turtleneck, and we love the flared sleeves and slightly high-low hem of this one. Layer it over faded jeans or even the summery dress you’re not quite ready to put into storage for the year.

Available in sizes XS to XL

eileen fisher skirt

2. Eileen Fisher Stretch Jersey Knit Skirted Leggings

Can’t decide between leggings and a skirt? Just wear both. This nifty Eileen Fisher piece is ideal for those of us who want to wear leggings as pants but aren’t quite ready to go all the way. In a stretch jersey knit, it’s comfortable to the max, while the all-black colorway makes it feel elevated.

Available in sizes XXS to XL

vince pj pants

3. Vince Satin Pj Pant

Pajamas can (and should) be worn outside the bedroom when they look this chic. This buttery, wide-leg pair from Vince is located at the intersection of cozy and sophisticated, and we’d style ours with a chunky, cream-colored knit and classic white sneakers. Add some chunky gold jewelry and your look is complete.

Available in sizes XXS to XL

halogen sweater dress

4. Halogen Long Sleeve Sweater Dress

Think dresses can’t be cozy? Think again. A long-sleeve sweater dress is an incredible option when you want to feel comfortable but look dressed up. Wear this one with heels and a camel coat for fancier occasions or go for an everyday look with sneakers and an oversize denim jacket.

Available in sizes XS to XXL

everlane hoodie

5. Everlane The 100% Human French Terry Hoodie In Large Print

So, you want to spice up a pair of basic black pants, but you don’t want to go too out there? This Everlane hoodie makes a statement without being overpowering. Plus, for every 100% Human product sold, Everlane donates 10 percent of sales to the ACLU.

Available in sizes XXS to XL

hm sweatpants

6. H&m Sweatpants

When it comes to cozy basics, you can’t really go wrong with a classic pair of sweatpants. They’re essentially as comfy as your favorite PJs but slightly more acceptable to wear out in public. (Psst, if you already have a black pair, this affordable style comes in four other colors.)

Available in sizes XXS to XXL

leith cardigan

7. Leith Cozy Long Cardigan

Fall is the season for long cardigans, which are more weather-appropriate than a full-on coat but can still be layered with abandon. For example, you can also throw this on over a pair of leggings and no one will know you’re not wearing structured pants.

Available in sizes XXS to 3X

zella flared pants

8. Zella Barely Flare Live In High Waist Pants

Are these essentially yoga pants? They sure are, but here’s a trick: Because of the flared leg, you can totally pass them off as “real pants” if you pair them with a thin black sweater and black moto jacket. You’re welcome.

Available in sizes 0 to 14

ugg sweater

9. Ugg Sage Cowl Neck Pullover

We’ve never said no to animal print, and this comfy pullover is no exception. Because it’s on the bulkier side, consider keeping your bottoms a bit more fitted to balance out the proportions.

Available in sizes S to XL

madewell scarf

10. Madewell Twill Stripe Cape Scarf

You know when it’s starting to get late and it was about 15 degrees warmer when you left your house…but now you could really use a little something extra on top of your outfit? Toss this light cape scarf into your bag before you head out the door and you’ll never be left wishing you had dressed warmer (or lament carrying a bulky coat when really all you needed was a light scarf).

champion sweatpants

11. Champion Side Logo Elastic Cuff Pants

Now that we as a society have finally overcome our fear of wearing white after Labor Day, it’s time to embrace white sweatpants. This pair from Champion has a cool streetwear vibe, courtesy of the blue and red logo running down the leg. Pair these with the flashiest sneakers you own and you’ve got a whole new fall go-to outfit.

Available in sizes XS to XL

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Sarah Stiefvater

Wellness Director

Sarah Stiefvater is PureWow's Wellness Director. She's been at PureWow for ten years, and in that time has written and edited stories across all categories, but currently focuses...
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